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Life Summarized in a Mathematical Hypothesis

November 11, 2012

Conjecture Translation

Hypothesis:

Life does not equal only that 1 end-all/ be-all job, person, or whatever “win.”

Life is actually just renting time.

Therefore,

Multiply the amount of fun you’re having and remember to also give back a greater good for others.

Regardless, keep pushing forward infinitely.

Conjecture Expounded

Relax.

Life isn’t only about achieving that one important job, dream person, or crucial win. Work hard for personal/professional goals, of course. Yet, what will you do when you have nothing else to prove to yourself or your social/familial network? How big is that sales deal or how critical is it to have that kitchen back splash tile imported from Italian quarries? All of the material accumulation, university credentials, and relationship realities do not define you completely.

News flash: we don’t actually own anything or anyone.

Nope.

It does not really matter whether you’re living in a villa/shed or drive a luxury/junk car. Sure, have a standard minimum, but there’s no need to obsess. Someone else has likely relentlessly pursued that.

What will you really accept as your own Return on Investment (ROI)?

You can’t have 100% of that lover/friend/spouse/parent through 6 weeks or 60 years of a relationship either. Our unpredictable hearts cannot be contained. A lot of our “crazy” actions are actually driven by a steady current of subconscious emotions, poised to explode like a deluge while your logical mind has no idea what’s coming…

Yep.

Pause to ponder this: All of life’s “critical” trials and triumphs reduce down to renting time. We are all borrowing approximately 80 years from Eternity as a gift. There are no guarantees, returns, or exchanges. Time is life’s only currency.

So, what are you going to do if we’re all just renting time on this wild ride? Shifting from living to renting re-frames my framework of urgency.

There is no need to get your panty/knickers knotted in an existential crisis.

Tune into your built in, internal compass.

You already have abundance around you.

Care.

Build/Rebuild.

Let Go/Fight For It.

Just keep persisting and pushing forward, no matter what.

No one has all the answers, which means you’re free to define what works for you. Everyone is fighting for his or her own happiness/joy/contentment at end of each day.

Remember: life is designed to be enjoyed.

Go forth. Give back.

Do well. Be well.

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Your Actual Job: Being an Information Ninja

August 2, 2012

No parent, professor, or mentor ever mentioned this Life Lesson.  Allow me to share what I have learned to be my actual job. Regardless of anyone’s role, in any industry, at any experience level:  your true job is to discern and conquer bad information.

Meet the Three Information Sirens.  Just as Odysseus steered clear from the Sirens in Homer’s Odyssey, you must recognize and overcome these dangerous information types beckoning everywhere, everyday.

Partial Information: you are provided part of a picture, dependent on the person’s memory, mood, or available documentation.  Perhaps versions change.  Or, time runs out.  Things are left out just because.  Meh.

Incorrect Information: just flat out wrong.  Don’t even waste mental or emotional energy trying to guess why the incorrect information was provided.

Politicized Information: this information has hints and tints of ulterior motives.  This is the most dangerous type of Information Siren, as it requires a little more planning and deliberateness.  By acting on this information, you could be walking straight into the trap!

Imagine if you took action on this bad information, like how those desperate sailors heeded the calls of the tempting Sirens.  You could crash into the deathly rocks just like those voyagers.

It’s not the Information Giver’s fault per se.  Rather, it’s just universal human nature based on rapidly changing environments with limited time and resources.

The best weapon against the Information Siren is developing a keen sense of analysis and synthesis.  Alas, analysis alone is insufficient because this step only breaks down the information for understanding.  Next, a synthesis is required to compare and connect the information to your “database” of current knowledge, past experience, and good ol’ gut.

Be your own Information Ninja.  Slice through the crud.  Dodge the landmines. Successful Information Ninjas piece different information together to form their own path.  Take the partial information and complete it with trusted information.  Neutralize the politicized information by creating a mutually beneficial relationship.  Cultivate a trusted, loyal network. This is your true job despite that job title on the pay stub: assessing all the available information and creating your own conclusion.

It’s not about distrusting everyone and subverting the “system.”  It’s training your mind and gut to distinguish, “I understand, but I will also re-validate and ask more questions.”

Hiya!